'Joker' Takes Home the Prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Turn that frown upside down, mister clown, because Todd Phillips' ‘Joker’ just took home the Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion award for Best Film.
Since its debut at the venerable festival, ‘Joker’ has garnered rave reviews (included a reputed 8-minute standing ovation), drawing plenty of Oscar buzz in the process. After taking home the top prize, the film now begins a sprint around the festival circuit, playing the Toronto International Film Festival and the New York Film Festival before hitting theaters nationwide on October 4th.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Phillips thanked "Warner Bros. and DC for stepping out of their comfort zone and taking such a bold swing on me and this movie," during his acceptance speech. He also thanked Phoenix, who joined him on stage.
"There is no movie without Joaquin Phoenix. Joaquin is the fiercest and brightest and most open-minded lion I know. Thank you for trusting me with your insane talent," said Phillips.
Previous Golden Lion recipients include Guillermo del Toro's ‘The Shape of Water’ and Alfonso Cuaron's ‘Roma,’ making ‘Joker’ a clear early favorite to take home some serious hardware throughout awards season.
The Venice Film Festival represents the world's oldest film festival and was held August 28 through September 7.